Hechavarria held back with 'dead arm'

Non-roster invitees Brignac and Kelly likely to get time at SS

Hechavarria held back with 'dead arm'

JUPITER, Fla. -- Adeiny Hechavarria is going through a dead arm period, so the Marlins are giving their shortstop a few days off. The plan is for him to return on Tuesday against the Nationals at Roger Dean Stadium.

The lone Grapefruit League game Hechavarria has played was the Thursday opener against the Cardinals when he made a throwing error and had one at-bat.

"He has a little bit of a tired shoulder, so we're keeping him back a couple of days," manager Mike Redmond said. "The plan for him is to play on Tuesday."

Donovan Solano got the nod at shortstop on Sunday, and Miguel Rojas started at the spot on Friday and Saturday.

Non-roster invitees Reid Brignac and Don Kelly are also likely to get opportunities to play shortstop.

"We have the time to give [Hechavarria] a couple of days off to make sure that everything is fine," Redmond said. "He said he could go out there and play if he needed to. It's more important to get him 100 percent. We've got plenty of time to get him the at-bats he needs to get ready for Opening Day."

Redmond added Hechavarria has not had an MRI on this throwing shoulder.

In 2014, Hechavarria was a Gold Glove finalist. At the plate, he batted .276 with a .308 on-base percentage in 146 games.

In their roster evaluation, the organization is striving to have a quality backup who could handle shortstop in case Hechavarria needs a day off.

"So when you talk about that versatility, we need somebody to play shortstop if Hech needs a day at some point," Redmond said. "We're going to give everybody a look at that position. We know Solano can play short. We'll probably mix in a few guys in there at some point. Just to get those guys a look at shortstop."

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